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Patricia Senn Breivik, D.L.S. Chair Emeritus

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Dr. Patricia Senn Breivik, Chair Emeritus

Dr. Patricia Senn Breivik joined Nehemiah Communications in August of 2005. Previously she served as the Dean of the University Library at San Jose State University where, in collaboration with the San Jose Public Library, a merged library opened in August 2003. An innovative model serving as the Silicon Valley’s 21stcentury information hub, the library won the Gale Publishing/Library Journal Library of the Year award for 2004. Formerly, she was the Library Dean at Wayne State University for four years, where she served as the chief administrative officer in charge of five University Libraries, Media Services, the University Press, the Library and Information Science Program, the Office for Teaching and Learning, and UGE1000. In the early 1990s, she served as Associate Vice President for Information Resources at the Towson State University campus of the University of Maryland System for five years. At Towson, she was responsible for organizing, developing and managing units including the library, academic computing services, telecommunications, office automation, satellite systems, telephone and fax systems, and for campus-wide networking. Previously she served for over ten years as Director of library and telecommunications services which supported three academic institutions on the Auraria campus in Denver. During most of this period, she also served as part-time special assistant to the President of the University of Colorado. Earlier positions were as Dean of Library Services at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois, and as Assistant Dean of Pratt Institute, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Brooklyn, New York.

Breivik has held numerous leadership positions at the state and national levels within both librarianship and higher education. For example, she served as Chair of the National Forum on Information Literacy, an umbrella group of over 90 national and international organizations concerned with the need for people to be able to access and use information effectively from its founding in 1989 until 2005. She is a past President of the Association of College & Research Libraries.

She is also a frequent speaker and writer on the topic of information literacy and resource-based learning. For example, she co-authored the book, Information Literacy Revolution in the Library, with now President of Vanderbilt University which won the 1990 G.K. Hall Library Literature Award. Her second book with Gee, which will be published in 2006 is entitled Higher Education in the Internet Age. Her awards and honors include: the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award (1997), the Pratt Institute Alumni Achievement Award (1995), the American Association of School Librarians Executive Board recognition for special contributions to School Library Media Programs (1992), the American Council on Education Fellows Program in Academic Administration Service Award (1990), and the Columbia University School of Library Service Distinguished Alumni Award (1989). Breivik holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College, an M.L.S. from Pratt Institute, and a D.L.S. from Columbia University.

Patricia Senn Breivik, D.L.S.
Chair Emeritus
Vice President, Nehemiah Communication

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